We’ve learned CD Projekt halts sales in Russia over their invasion of Ukraine, the company announced today in a new public statement.
“In light of the Russian military invasion in our neighboring country of Ukraine, until further notice the CD PROJEKT Group has made the decision to halt all sales of our games to Russia and Belarus,” the company said.
They added, “Today, we begin working with our partners to suspend digital sales and cease physical stock deliveries of CD PROJEKT Group products, as well as all games distributed on the GOG platform, to the territories of Russia and Belarus.”
News that CD Projekt halts sales in Russia and Belarus comes not long after ESL has suspended Russian esports teams and tournaments in the region over the Ukraine war.
CD Projekt, a Polish company, is headquartered in Poland – as the country has already welcomed refugees from the Ukraine war. The company has typically stayed out of world politics and focused on just making games, but today’s proclamation is very clear.
“The entire CD PROJEKT Group stands firm with the people of Ukraine. While we are not a political entity capable of directly influencing state matters, and don’t aspire to be one, we do believe that commercial entities, when united, have the power to inspire global change in the hearts and minds of ordinary people,” the company said.
CD Projekt also admitted that their new stance on cutting off all physical and digital sales of their games in Russia and Belarus will undoubtedly affect innocents who just so happen to live there.
“We know that players in Russia and Belarus, individuals who have nothing to do with the invasion of Ukraine, will be impacted by this decision, but with this action we wish to further galvanize the global community to speak about what is going on in the heart of Europe,” they said. “To our brothers and sisters fighting for their home country — stay strong!”
CD Projekt also confirmed they’re donating one million PLN, (roughly £173,000 or $232,000) to the ongoing humanitarian effort to support those affected by the Ukraine war.
CD Projekt’s latest main game, Cyberpunk 2077, just got released for Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 – after its original release for Windows PC (via Epic Games, GOG, and Steam), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Google Stadia. If you own the Xbox One or PS4 version, you can upgrade to the next-gen version entirely free. Read up on our thorough port report for the next-gen release here.